Jarratt A. Turner, 35, of Nashville, Tennessee pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Nashville, to 16 counts of Production of Child Pornography and one count of Transportation of Child Pornography, announced Jack Smith, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
According to testimony during the plea hearing, Turner took sexually explicit images and videos of an infant boy and toddler girl, whom he was baby-sitting, on 16 different occasions between October 2014 and May of 2015. The sexually explicit material included depictions of himself sexually molesting the two very young children, who were between the ages of 12 and 31 months during this period. Turner also distributed these images via the internet to other like-minded individuals.
Turner faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to 500 years in prison for these crimes. Sentencing is scheduled for October 11, 2017, before U.S. District Court Judge Marvin E. Aspen.
This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, and the United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Carran Daughtrey.